Anti-Candy Crush Game 'Trademarks' All Of Your Words

Remember the drama when the makers of Candy Crush Saga tried to trademark the word "candy?" And then they wanted to put a claim on "saga," too. Of course, trademarking a name isn't the same as owning it. Regardless, a new game shows you what it would be like to have everyday words become verboten someone else "owns" them.… » 3/04/14 5:45pm 3/04/14 5:45pm

Report: Zynga Founder Asked Obama To "Pardon" Edward Snowden

Yesterday, a bunch of America's leading tech sector executives met with US President Barack Obama. They were meant to be talking about the failure of Heathcare.gov, but things got really interesting when the conversation moved onto the fate of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. » 12/18/13 6:00pm 12/18/13 6:00pm

Zynga Boss Proves He's Totally Out Of Touch With Games

“Right now, I’m pretty bored with all games.” That’s Mark Pincus, founder of Farmville company Zynga, as he spoke with an assemblage of tech entrepreneurs in Israel last night. Bored? More like not paying attention. It’s an incredibly exciting time in game development now, Mr. Pincus. All you need to do to see that is… » 10/02/13 5:00pm 10/02/13 5:00pm

Zynga Dethroned As The King Of Facebook Games

January of this year marked the first time in ages a non-Zynga game made it to the top of the Facebook app charts, as FarmVille 2 was passed in active users by King's ridiculously popular Candy Crush Saga. According to the latest estimates from app metrics site AppData, today King took the crown as overall top Facebook … » 7/08/13 12:30pm 7/08/13 12:30pm

Hey, Look, It's Don Mattrick on a Canadian Game Show 30 Years Ago

Don Mattrick has, reportedly, 50 million reasons to smile this week, ditching Microsoft and all things Xbox for Zynga and the leadership of all things 'Ville. But you can see traces of that big money smile going back 30 years, when he appeared on a newsmakers-style quiz show on CBC. » 7/06/13 1:00pm 7/06/13 1:00pm

CNBC Calls Zynga a ‘Buy’ Now That Former Xbox Boss Is CEO

Sure, some people think that former Xbox czar Don Mattrick isn’t going to turn Zynga’s miserable fortunes around. But, other individuals— business-minded folk—think the exact opposite. » 7/03/13 5:00pm 7/03/13 5:00pm

Francis’ Oddly Appropriate Analogy Links Former Xbox Boss To Farts

Everybody's favorite combustible video game commentator usually doesn't comment on companies' personnel moves. But, clearly Don Mattrick's move to Zynga has inflamed Francis more than, say, the departure of former EA CEO John Riccitiello. The result? Lines like this: "It's like hiring the pilot from the Hindenburg to… » 7/03/13 10:40am 7/03/13 10:40am

They Mastered Rhythm Games. How Does iNiS Handle Tower Offense?

Japanese developer iNiS — the name's an acronym for "infinite Noise of the inner Soul" — has spent the past decade and a half perfecting the art of the rhythm game. From classics like Gitaroo Man and Elite Beat Agents to not-so-classics like last year's DLC-packed Demon's Score, iNiShave mastered the melding of sound and … » 6/21/13 6:00pm 6/21/13 6:00pm

These Patents Video Game Publishers Own May Surprise You. Plus More...

After listening to this week's episode of This American Life on software patents, I was curious to investigate patents within the gaming sphere. Although we routinely hear about console manufacturers' patents, patents from publishers are a less frequent source for headlines. » 6/06/13 5:00pm 6/06/13 5:00pm